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The 18th Meeting of the Aarhus Convention’s Compliance Committee

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At the18th Meeting of the Aarhus Convention’s Compliance Committee, which took place on November 28-30, 2007, one of the topics for review was the Republic of Kazakhstan’s compliance with Decision II/5 and the Recommendations to Communication ACCC/C/2004/06. Also under consideration was the new information regarding Communication ACCC/C/2007/20, which the Ecological Society Green Salvation submitted to the Committee in May 2007. Below is an excerpt of the meeting report.
The complete text of the meeting report is available at:
http://www.unece.org/env/pp/compliance/C2007-18/ECE_MP.PP_C.1_2007_8%20as%20submitted.pdf


ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE

ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2007/8
25 January 2008

MEETING OF THE PARTIES TO THE
CONVENTION ON ACCESS TO INFORMATION,
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN DECISION-MAKING AND
ACCESS TO JUSTICE IN ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS

Compliance Committee
Eighteenth meeting
Geneva, 28–30 November 2007

REPORT OF THE COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE
ON ITS EIGHTEENTH MEETING

1. The eighteenth meeting of the Compliance Committee took place in Geneva from 28 to 30 November 2007. All members were present. In addition, representatives of the Governments of Denmark and Slovenia, and of the non-governmental organizations Earthjustice, and, within the framework of European ECO-Forum, European Environmental Bureau, Civic Alliance for the Protection of Vlora Bay (Albania), Center for Regional Development (Armenia), Oekobuero (Austria), ECOSCOPE (Azerbaijan), Eco Pravo (Belarus), Birds of Prey Protection Society (Bulgaria), FEEO (Cyprus), Terra Cypria - the Cyprus Conservation Foundation (Cyprus), Arnika - Center for Citizen Support (Czech Republic), France Nature Environment (France), Clean Air Action Group (Hungary), Green Salvation (Kazakhstan), Independent Environmental Assessment (Kyrgyzstan), Association Kazokiskes Community (Lithuania), Eco-TIRAS International Environmental Association of River Keepers (Moldova), Quercus - Associação Nacional de Conservação de Natureza (Portugal), Institute for Information Freedom Development (Russian Federation), Tajik Socio-ecological Union (Tajikistan), International charitable organization-“Environment People Law” (Ukraine), RACSE (Ukraine), ClientEarth (United Kingdom), Bank Information Center (United States of America) and Environmental Law Center “Armon” (Uzbekistan), as well as three individuals, participated as observers during the open sessions.

16. Further information was provided by the communicant with regard to matters relevant to communication ACCC/C/2007/20 (Kazakhstan). In accordance with its earlier decision (ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2007/4, para. 21), the Committee discussed the matter under the agenda item on follow-up on specific cases of non-compliance.

22. With regard to implementation of decision II/5a, the Committee requested the secretariat to draw the attention of the Government of Kazakhstan to the invitation to submit a report to the Meeting of the Parties, through the Compliance Committee, no less than four months before the third meeting of the Parties, i.e. 11 February 2008, on the measures taken to implement the recommendations in paragraph 7 of the decision. The Committee, in accordance with the agreement reached with the Party concerned in the course of discussion on its findings and recommendations with regard to communication ACCC/C/2004/06 (ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2006/4/Add.1), noted that the report would also need to address the way in which those recommendations had been addressed. Furthermore, the Committee confirmed its invitation to the Government of Kazakhstan to address the substantive issues raised in communication ACCC/C/2007/20 in the report (ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2007/6, para. 19) and to also address issues raised in the new information provided by the communicant on 9 November 2007 (see para. 16).